Africa's endangered animals

The Black Rhino

Photo Credits: Justin Beckley


  • Black rhino is a browser
  • Has yellow/brown to dark brown/grey skin.
  • Weighs 800-1400 kg (1700-3080 lbs)
  • 1.3-1.8m (4'3- 5'9)
Photo Credit: Steve Harris


  • Eats leaves, twigs, branches, woody shrubs, trees (palatable herbs and legumes)
  • Drinks water daily
  • Finds food in herbs, trees, and small acacia
  • Herbivore
  • Has no prey
  • Humans are its predator

Photo Credit: Sara & Joachim


  • Found in South Africa, Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany, Cape Floristic Region, Succulent Karoo, and Coastal Forest or Eastern Africa
  • Grasslands - extensive areas of short woody growth
  • Deserts
  • Lives in temperate/warm areas
  • Sleeps/lives anywhere - can sleep while standing or laying
Photo Credit: Stuart Barr


  • Poor eyesight, but good hearing
  • Charges at any disturbing sound or smell
  • Normal movement speed: 3 - 4 kph
  • Charging rate: 50 kph (31 kph)
  • Male stay alone
  • Female stay in packs with younger rhinos
  • Mostly active at night - eating, drinking, walking
Black rhino eats poisonous euphorbia
Video credit: Sabi Sabi via Youtube

Endangerment and Coservation Effort

  • The black rhino is endangered because many countries hunt black rhino's for its horn; the horn is used for jewelery
  • The black rhino will be taken off The Big Five, if no action is done

The Mountain Zebra